Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Clark Wilson recognized by the Vancouver Foundation for long-standing relationship

We are honoured to be recognized by Kevin McCort, Vancouver Foundation President, for the long-standing relationship we share. We look forward to many years working together in pursuit of building better communities. Read the full article to learn more.

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USCIS Issues New Rule for Highly Skilled Workers

Immigration Law GroupOur colleagues in Epstein Becker Green’s Immigration Law Group recently published a special client alert regarding a final rule issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) concerning highly skilled workers.

On January 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued its long-awaited final rule regarding highly skilled workers from Australia, Chile, Singapore, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”), along with amendments favoring employment-based immigration. In summary, this rule:

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RBI directed to disclose information under Right to Information Act

The issue of whether the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) is bound to disclose information sought under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (“RTI Act”) was recently examined by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case Reserve Bank of India and Ors. v. Jayantilal N. Mistry and Ors., decided on December 16, 2015. The case in question dealt with certain orders of Central Information Commissioner (“CIC”) requiring RBI to furnish information sought by the applications filed under the RTI Act seeking certain information of other banks in public interest. 

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Two Content Marketing Resolutions for 2016

photo-1439556838232-994e4c0d3b7cAlthough we’re well into 2016 now, it’s not too late to make some resolutions for your content marketing. I came across this Forbes article from the end of last year with 6 Content Marketing New Year’s Resolutions to Make This Year, and there is some great food for thought in there that I’d like us to consider. As it’s a Two for Tuesdays day, we’ll focus on two of them to start with.

Why content marketing resolutions at all? 

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E-Commerce: The VAT Conundrum

The e-commerce boom and build-up of online sales, has opened up a massive opportunity for the online service providers/aggregators. Popularity of the online market places has however, also brought with it certain legal and regulatory challenges especially in relation to taxability of the online aggregators.

One such issue that the online aggregators seem to be grappling with is applicability of value added tax (“VAT”). In one of its recent judgements, the Kerala High Court dealt with this issue, in the matter of Flipkart Internet Private Limited and Ors. v.State of Kerala and Ors.(2015 (5) KHC 522). The state revenue authorities had imposed a penalty on the petitioner (Flipkart Internet Private Limited and others) under the Kerala Value Added Tax Act (“Act”), on the ground that the petitioner had not registered itself as a ‘dealer’ under the Act and not filled returns and maintained true and correct accounts as mandated under the said Act. 

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(Français) Conseils d’une ancienne stagiaire: Le Curriculum vitae – Une autre perspective

Le c.v. est un outil essentiel pour vendre votre candidature aux grands cabinets pendant la Course aux stages, d’où l’importance de consacrer temps et énergie pour s’assurer qu’il transmette une image professionnelle et reflète l’essence de votre candidature.

Je vais donc vous transmettre ma façon de faire, qui à mon avis vous permettra d’atteindre cet objectif. Pour chacune de mes expériences, tant professionnelles que parascolaires, j’ai détaillé quelle a été la situation (le contexte), quelles ont été mes actions et quel a été le résultat. Ensuite, j’ai fait une phrase synthèse de ces trois aspects et c’est celle-ci qui apparaît sur mon c.v.

Petits conseils : Il faut éviter d’être vague et imprécis et de mettre trop d’emphase sur le contexte sans suffisamment détailler nos actions. On doit être spécifique à propos de ce que l’on a fait dans une situation particulière. Bien sûr, n’oubliez pas de porter une attention particulière à la mise en page et à votre orthographe.

Tout cela peut sembler long, mais le résultat en vaut le détour!

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Me Gabrielle Ferland – Diplômée de l’Université de Montréal en 2014, elle a travaillé deux étés chez RSS, y a complété son stage et est aujourd’hui avocate au sein de notre département de droit des assurances.

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Recent Developments in the Regulation of Defensive Tactics in Canadian Take-over Bids – Part I

By Ethan Minsky

This is the first instalment of a three part article that will appear in the Securities Law Update. In this first part, we will discuss the basic concepts and guiding principles applied by Canadian securities regulators when they are asked to invalidate defensive measures taken against a take-over bid. In the second and third parts we will discuss two recent decisions, one by the British Columbia Securities Commission and the other by the Alberta Securities Commission, in which these guiding principles were applied.

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Sanctions against Turkish companies doing business in Russia

The Decree of the Russian President No. 583 dated 28 November 20151 (hereinafter – the “Decree”) imposed certain special economic measures in respect of the Republic of Turkey which substantially restricts legal capacity of Turkish companies, performing business activities in Russia.

As of 19 January 2016 for the purposes of fulfillment of the Decree, the Russian Government adopted the following Regulations:

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Toronto Stock Exchange Clarifies Normal Course Issuer Bid Rules

By Bernard Pinsky

On January 15, 2016, the TSX issued frequently asked questions (“FAQ”) which provide guidance on Sections 628 and 629 of the TSX Company Manual (the “Manual”) for frequently asked questions in respect of normal course issuer bids (“NCIBs”). 

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New Investment Dealer Prospectus Exemption Broadens Potential Investor Market for Canadian Listed Issuers

By Angela Blake

On January 14, 2016, securities regulators in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan announced the adoption of a new prospectus exemption, effective immediately, to allow issuers listed on a Canadian exchange to raise money from non-accredited investors in private placements, provided that the investors have received advice about the suitability of the investment from an investment dealer and certain other conditions are met. This new exemption should make it easier for public companies to raise money in difficult financial markets by expanding the number of potential investors beyond the accredited investor category, without the need for an issuer to incur the additional costs of preparing an offering memorandum.

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